December 11, 2012

ECAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week (for week ending December 9, 2012)

Men’s Basketball (for the week ending December 9, 2012)

Division I

Player of the Week

Justin Burrell – College of the Holy Cross
Sophomore, Guard,
Dumfries, Va.

Burrell had a fantastic pair of games to lead Holy Cross to two victories, averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 assists in wins over Sacred Heart and Dartmouth. He scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and dished out five assists in an 83-78 win at Sacred Heart on Wednesday. Burrell followed that up with 19 points, the second-highest scoring game of his career, and four assists in a 67-56 triumph over Dartmouth on Saturday. He made 16-of-23 shots for the week (69.6%), including 7-of-9 (77.8%) from three-point range. Burrell also made all 10 of his foul shots, and sits third in the nation at 96.2% from the line for the season. Burrell, the 2011-12 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, is named Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time in his career. It is the first time a Holy Cross student-athlete has won the honor since the 2009-10 season.

Division II

Player of the Week

Luis Leao – Mercyhurst University
Senior, Forward,
Brusque, Brazil

Leao had another stand-out week for the Lakers, helping his team to victories in both outings. At Notre Dame College, he led the way with a game-high 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three blocked shots. He hit 7-of-13 field goal attempts and went 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Against Lock Haven, the senior dropped a game-high 22 points and snatched eight boards. He also registered four blocks and three steals in the 18-point win.

Division III – New England

Player of the Week

Sedale Jones – Curry College
Senior, Guard,
Pittsfield, Mass.

Jones led his team to a 2-1 week. In a hard-fought 97-93 loss to Williams, Jones earned a double-double, netting 34 points and snagging 10 rebounds. In the Colonels 89-74 victory over UMass Dartmouth, he tallied 18 points and gathered nine rebounds. Jones ended the week by recording 23 points, four rebounds, and three assists in Curry’s 81-78 victory over Wesleyan. On the week, he averaged 25 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 52% from the field (24-of-46).

Division III – Upstate

Player of the Week

Matt Perry – Cazenovia College
Senior, Forward,
Massena, NY

Perry etched his name into the conference record books, as he scored a career-high 39 points in a hard-fought 83-80 loss to conference rival Wells College Thursday, which saw five ties in the second half and wasn’t determined until the final few seconds of play. Perry went 12-of-18 from the field while sinking 13 of his 15 free throw attempts and hitting two 3-pointers in the contest to reach the point total, which was tied for the fifth highest mark in conference history and also marked the highest total ever scored by one individual against the Wells in its program’s history. Perry entered the contest with a hot hand, as he opened the week with a game-high 17 points in just 24 minutes of action in a 78-60 nonconference win over Davis on Tuesday, where he also hauled in six boards. Perry finished the week averaging 28 points per game while shooting 58 percent (19-of-33) from the field and 87 percent (15-of-18) from the free throw line, while also adding 6 rebounds and 2 assists per contest and not turning the ball over once in 64 combined minutes of action.

Division III – Metro

Player of the Week

AJ Matthews – Farmingdale State College
Senior, Forward,
Brooklyn, NY

Matthews averaged 21.3 points, 18.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over three contests to earn his third Skyline Player of the Week citation of the season…scored 21 points and grabbed 21 rebounds on Dec. 5 as Farmingdale State earned a 78-57 win over Purchase…poured in 29 points and pulled down 25 boards in the Rams’ 73-57 victory over Valley Forge Christian Academy…was named to the all-tournament team at the Doc Greene Tournament at Juniata. 

Division III – South

Player of the Week

Leslie Addy – Bethany College
Junior, Forward,
Columbia, Md.

Addy averaged 12.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in leading the Bison to a pair of PAC wins last week that vaulted Bethany to the top of the conference standings. He recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 19 rebounds, the most by a Bison in nearly 3 years, in BC’s 75-62 victory over Geneva on Wednesday. Addy just missed a second straight double-double with 12 points and 9 boards and also chipped in with a career-high 6 assists as Bethany knocked off previously unbeaten Thiel 64-43 Saturday.